Re: Venus beat Serena by. . .
Venus' own weaknesses were aided by this grass surface. Her slice second serve was very effective on the grass, and it was harder for Serena to attack it whereas on hardcourts those serves would have been pummeled. Serena's kick serve to the backhand is really not as effective on grass as it would be on hardcourts, it just sat up high in Venus' strikezone and she pummeled it. Serena was attacking Venus' forehand down in the beginning of the match, pummeling it with shots with a lot of spin, and she was able to attack the short reply from Venus. Serena knew exactly where and how Venus would serve every time, she knows Venus' game. Venus does not know Serena's game as well, and Venus employed no clever strategy to beat Serena besides serving into the body. Then, as Venus began to serve more intelligently and into the body she stopped doing that and began engaging in backhand to backhand encounters with Venus, which puts Serena at a disadvantage. On grass, Serena didnt have as much time to adjust to an into the body serve from Venus as she can on any other surface. Then when she tried to attack the forehand again towards the end of the match, not only was Venus confidence in the shot so high at that point, but Serena wasn't throwing a lot of junk at Venus' forehand and making her come up with a shot. She really just started rallying with the forehand hoping it would break down, but down 5-7, 5-4 in a Wimbledon final against Venus, thats not going to happen. And even with all of Venus' advantages, her serve, her superior athleticism and speed, her net game, Serena kept it extremely competitive and only lost because she played the big points horribly. How many return errors on second serves did she make when she had break point? Purely mental lapses. As much as the grass neutralizes Venus' weaknesses, the hardcourts are not as merciful. I cant wait for a match on the hardcourts.